There are people who simply exude happiness, even in their writing you find a smile. They live life on purpose, and celebrate even the littlest of it’s precious moments. I have just spent the better part of an hour going through AmberLee’s blog Giver’s Log and found myself a new friend. Last mother’s day she wrote this:
“I didn’t fully understand, growing up, what an honor it is to be part of this club of womenhood. Now to join this group who leaves notes in lunches and goes to school board meetings and looks out for neighbors, it’s like a shirt I never thought would fit and am so thrilled to see it does.”
I can relate to that statement. I am not sure I wear the shirt as well as she does, but I think most of us come to a point when we realize what we are doing as mothers, as women, is a remarkable thing. Plus she has a cow and hens. How cool is that?
Giver’s Log is a dream of a resource if you are striving to give more thoughtful gifts. Gifts that say “I really had you in mind when preparing this gift”. You’ll notice in the quote I use the word prepare rather than bought, because she not only give’s suggestions on gifts to buy but also gives ideas on ways to present them. You really should bookmark it with the tag ‘I will never give a generic gift again’.
Her list is fitting…enjoy!
11 amazing gifts I’ve been given or seen others get.
- Girls’ day with grandma. My M-I-L took my daughter for a whole girls’ day out. Among the day’s activities was stopping by the local produce stand, where the two of them discussed the best way to pick out green beans and such. My little daughter came home feeling loved and more womanly all at once.
- Dinner in the mail. One day I opened my mailbox to find a packet of ready mix for a yummy meal you can get only in Germany. Along with it came a letter. “Hi AmberLee, it’s dad. I’ll be making dinner tonight. Here’s what I’ll need…” I got to have a favorite meal and imagine my dad was there with me in the kitchen.
- A nice-smelling fridge. During my most recent pregnancy, while I was dealing with all the fun of the first trimester, my S-I-L came to spend a whole day with me. She cleaned my house and defumed my fridge, braved the grocery store for me, and left me with a bouquet of pink flowers in my newly-spotless kitchen.
- My own garden. Another S-I-L and I are always bonding over cooking and good food. Last year she drove out to visit and presented me with my own herb garden she’d nurtured from seeds. I have the best S-I-Ls.
- Towels and soap. Some friends had lost their dear grandmother and were trying to host a house full of relatives for the funeral and still find time to grieve. A neighbor appeared at their door with a stack of fluffy bath towels and apothecary jars full of soaps. This turned out to be just the thing, as they had resorted to handing out beach towels trying to keep everyone showered and happy.
- A note for the road. A friend and I had planned to run a race together but crazy schedules and injuries thwarted our plans. On my race day she showed up with a care package and a note for me to open mid-race. The note was hilarious. She also came with her fam and cheered me on. This is the same friend who gave me a whole-house cleaning when I had my baby. I’m not trading her for anything!
- An unexpected thank you. This friend got the coolest gift from her in-laws. One day, for no particular occasion, they asked if they could take her out to dinner. After treating they walked her out to the parking lot where they bestowed her with her very own kitchenaid mixer (something she’d wanted). They said they just wanted to thank her for being such a great mom to their grandkids.
- A self-hewn bookcase. When we first moved to the country we felt a little bewildered about how country things are done. Our amazing neighbor took us under his wing and gave us advice, mowed fields, and chopped wood. Then, when we had our new baby, he and his wife showed up at our door with a shelf for the nursery he’d hewn from a fallen oak tree in their yard. Amazing.
- Treasured recipes. I have an incredible teacher friend. This Christmas, one of her students’ mother gave her their families two most cherished recipes. I can’t think of anything better.
- A week (a whole week!) to read. A friend of mine with twins could never quite find time to read (imagine that). When she went to visit her in-laws, she found her M-I-L had bought her a full series of books, and dared her to read it all in one week, and then proceeded to take care of the kids. My friend took the dare and finished every book. I think they need to start a M-I-L hall of fame in this woman’s honor.
- My own documentary. I had the best job out of college. I helped publish an academic journal with an office full of the raddest people (who were all English nerds like I was). On my last day working there, before I left for Cali, they presented me with a farewell video they’d filmed. It was sweet and hilarious and helped me remember my editing peeps long after I’d moved on.
Thanks for having me, Mother Huddle. It’s an honor to get to make my very own bullet list after being inspired by so many others!
A week to read, oh my. This list is a great reminder that a gift of ones time and service are often the most memorable. Thank you thank you AmberLee for a great list! I always have thoughtful intentions when it comes to gifts, but often don’t put them into action. You’ve given me a little kick in the pants!
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